In the 1970s, homes were often constructed with popcorn ceiling texture. For many homeowners, the texture is outdated and unattractive. The goods news is that the process to remove the texture is neither labor intensive nor expensive and it is a project that you can do yourself. Before you begin the project, though, it is essential that you check the ceiling for asbestos. Many homes constructed prior to 1979 have asbestos as a component.
Prior to beginning the project, you will need to move all pieces of furniture out of the area to ensure that they do not get damaged by the falling debris. Furniture that is too heavy to moved should be covered with cloth sheets or plastic. The floor should also be covered in order to protect if from damage and to catch the falling debris.
To scrape off the popcorn texture, a wide drywall knife, typically a 6” is used. When scraping, the blade should be held at no more than a 45 degree angle and should be pushed away from you. It is important to make even strokes to avoid gouging the ceiling.
When you are finished with the scraping, use drywall mud to fill any damaged spots, then sand to create a smooth finish. This takes a bit of muscle and time, so be prepared. An alternative is go for a light stucco texture. This can be done by applying drywall compound to the ceiling with a 6” knife. Simply apply the compound and spread to even it out. Typically, the ceiling should dry for about 12 hours, then it can be primed and painted.
If you don’t want to go to the effort of scraping the old texture, you can cover it with drywall instead. Should you opt for this solution, it will be necessary to tape and texture the new drywall.
Both methods will provide the attractive, new ceiling you desire without expensive or extensive remodeling.